Sunday, January 18, 2015

Israel Lobbies ICC Member States to Cut Funding; Due to ICC Starting Inquiry on Israeli War Crimes

Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launching of an inquiry into possible Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the News Daily website reports today (January 18, 2015).

The ICC did not immediately respond to the news, but international law experts thought it unlikely that the lobbying effort would persuade the countries that contribute most to the court to reduce their funding.

Israel -- which like the United States does not belong to the ICC -- hopes to dent funding for the court that is drawn from 122 member-states in accordance with the size of their economies, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

"We will demand of our friends in Canada, in Australia and in Germany simply to stop funding it," Lieberman said.

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